ROSE NOLEN: People create racial unrest through speech

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

People are listening to what other people are saying. They can even hear all those negative emotions that keep spilling out of the mouths of others.

When the history of this period of America is written, I doubt that any citizen of these United States will be proud of it. Although some behavior is rude and disrespectful, the language being chosen by some people during this presidential campaign to express their displeasure is off the charts. By now we all understand that there are some in the world of politics who don’t care who is elected president as long as it is not President Barack Obama. Most of us also understand hatred, rational and irrational. Mostly we understand that, for some, having an African-American as commander in chief is unbearable.

In spite of how we feel, and even though we have freedom of speech, we are a country of law and order. Sometimes we have presidents who get carried away with their desire to gain public office. Former President Richard Nixon was that kind of person. Although many of us were disappointed with his behavior, Mr. Nixon was allowed to resign. A new president was selected, and the country moved on.

Of course, we know that there will always be those who go too far with freedom of speech. They wish to be overbearing in their desire to be heard. They want the whole world to know how determined they are to express their feelings. And undoubtedly, someone will record what they have to say. And hopefully, it will end there. Most of us, fortunately, express our opinions at the polls.

Most of us will refuse to be drawn into arguments and disagreements, which is precisely what all the loud talking is designed to accomplish. These people want to create racial unrest. Because we are a country young in our acceptance of other cultures, those still angry are willing to go as far as they have to, to keep trouble stirring.

There are still countries in the world that are fighting among themselves for superiority of race or tribe. That America should be one of those countries is unfortunate, but until everybody understands that the majority of people in this country want to live in peace and harmony, individuals will continue to attempt to break the rules of good conduct.

Until these unhappy people drinking poison and expecting somebody else to die get a clue, we are probably going to be on this journey a while. A friend of mine keeps telling me that as long as the young people keep discovering each other, falling in love and getting married, racial hatred will soon die the death of the lonely.

The election is still seven months away, and the people will have time to select their president of choice. In the meantime, people will have an opportunity to hold town hall meetings and forums where they can speak their minds. And hopefully, we can get through it with dignity and grace.

Most people are not lucky enough to live in a country where they can have their way all the time. They are lucky when they live in a country where they can at least have a vote.

Personally, I’ll settle for that.

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mike mentor April 24, 2012 | 10:43 a.m.

"By now we all understand that there are some in the world of politics who don’t care who is elected president as long as it is not President Barack Obama. Most of us also understand hatred, rational and irrational. Mostly we understand that, for some, having an African-American as commander in chief is unbearable."

You played the race card loud and clear!
Was this your argument to prove your Headline???
Well done!

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Richard Saunders April 24, 2012 | 12:18 p.m.

So much for "racism dying that lonely death," eh, @mike?

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James Krewson April 24, 2012 | 12:25 p.m.

Dear Rose, where were you when George W Bush was being trashed and threatened by the Left? It seems that the same people who screamed and yelled at Bush are the same people who are asking people to be more civilized now that Obama is in charge. The Left is eager to dish it out, but unable to defend their own positions when pressed. People are outraged that Obama lied about cutting the budget and that he continues to blame Bush for the problems that Obama himself created. Obama is responsible for the $5 trillion of debt he has created (he has already created more debt than 8 years of Bush) and for not showing leadership with the Democrat-lead Senate in getting a budget passed. If Bush were doing this, you would be calling for his head. Just admit it. This has nothing to do with Obama's race. Obama is spending us into financial insolvency.

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Ed Lane April 24, 2012 | 3:26 p.m.

obama has done more to fuel racism in this country than even the "opportunistic racists" felon sharpton and jackazz jackson.

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jacqua williams April 24, 2012 | 4:05 p.m.

Mr. Lane,

Racism is not a stove you can fuel. It either exists in you or it doesn't. No one can fuel hate. Hate is a decision we make on our own. Let's not use the word RACISM. We in America have been getting by with that for a long time. The real word is HATE. Right now I am choosing to allow you to have your opinion instead of hating you. You sir are fueling hate right now with your comment or is that your intention?

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Cheyenne Greene April 24, 2012 | 4:35 p.m.

jacqua, First you say it cannot be fueled then you accuse someone of fueling it while refraining your 'hate'. When Sharpton, Obama, and others choose to highlight the story with racism when racism was absent from the facts then they are fueling hate from those who believe in them.
So they are fueling hate by creating a belief of racism. They are fueling racism from the opponents of Zimmerman. The accuseres become the racist. nice :(

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Cheyenne Greene April 24, 2012 | 4:42 p.m.

Rose says; "Mostly we understand that, for some, having an African-American as commander in chief is unbearable." I'd say that a very small number of people. Most people who oppose Obama would vote for other outstanding Americans of African ancestory. Condy Rice is VERY popular although too intelligent and independent to be caught up in the politics. Herman Cain, Alan West are both widely popular. There are many others if you just remove your race colored glasses long enought to see the world for how it really is and not how boneheads like Sharpton would have you believe.

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jacqua williams April 24, 2012 | 4:54 p.m.


I am speaking of choice. As a 61 year old African American woman I could find offense in just about most statements that people make concerning African Americans. However, I choose to not provoke(fuel) rage, anger, and hate. I just have to believe in my heart and choose to think on the fact that we have to have come farther down the road than it appears. That's all I am trying to say. For all the spit I wiped off my face, for all the names, for all the abuse, I have to believe that we as an American people are not and will not provoke people to anger. If the truth of a situation shows to be somewhat racial, then do we deal with the truth not find excuses to call each other names. There is a pain that goes through my heart. You could never provoke me or say anything that would fuel me to HATE. Will we ever see a day in this country when the content of our character is more important than ANYTHING else? That's all I am saying. Don't call names and say hateful remarks. There's pain involved in some people's lives that takes a lifetime to get over.

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Derrick Fogle April 24, 2012 | 5:18 p.m.

Yall cheer and clap when Colonel Klink does the same.

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Jonathan Hopfenblatt April 24, 2012 | 6:14 p.m.

The arguments against Bush were "that guy is an idiot," not "that guy needs to show his birth certificate," or "that guy's middle name is Hussein," or "Obama sounds a lot like Osama," or "look at him in those weird clothes years ago" (and be aware that if a white canditate had been wearing something similar no one would have thought anything of it).

This has everything to do with race; most people simply don't realize it.

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mike mentor April 25, 2012 | 8:40 a.m.

Let's hope people don't have to live through what you have lived through to obtain the strength of character to not hate. I think both sides need to be careful. There is no question about the recent past in this Country. But, when the "race card" is played inappropriately as it was here, or when a white man gets beat down in Alabama by a black crowd yelling, "Justice for Trayvon" and receive different punishment than a white crowd would if they beat down a black man for race, the situation is not helped.

An eye for an eye will keep us all one eye blind!

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Cheyenne Greene April 25, 2012 | 11:32 a.m.

M. Mentor, once again, I agree. I was thinking along that line last night. Let's not swing the pendulum too far. Equality means gaining common ground.

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